- Air Flights
Major airlines fly into Cape Town and Johannesburg on a daily basis. You won’t get cheaper fares by booking them in Southern Africa so you may as well book them from wherever you are/live.
- Baz Bus Hop on Hop off
The Baz Bus is a hop-on, hop-off backpackers bus in South Africa.
It’s an easy way to get from A to B and a fun way to meet other travellers. They drop you at your backpacking hostel door.
- Buy back Car Companies
Buy a car here for your journey through Southern Africa and save up to 60% in rental fees!
- Car Hire South Africa
There are a number of cheap car hire operators in South Africa.
All of the cities in South Africa have car hire branches.
- Long distance trains
Southern Africa does not have a great railroad infrastructure so travelling by train is fairly restrictive (but fun nonetheless).
- Minibus taxis
Without doubt, the cheapest way to travel is to use local black transport systems or “minibus taxis”. They require nerves of steel but are definitely the most efficient way to get around pretty much anywhere in South Africa.
Long Distance Buses
There are a number of long distance buses including Translux, Intercape, Greyhound and the Baz Bus (which is the only real backpacker bus).
- Mainliner bus services
These are usually air-conditioned “luxury buses” which have on-board toilets and a hostess who occasionally offers you a sugary drink or blanket.
“Chicken (pack ‘em and stack ‘em) busses” are cheaper, less spacious, more crowded, more likely to be fun (if you have a sense of humour) and more likely to break down. In some areas they may be the only bus service and are unlikely to have a strict timetable.
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Built in the days when castles were homes
Letaba River Lodge Eco Park is conveniently located in Tzaneen, Limpopo
A Johannesburg backpackers which is where it’s rumoured that Ghandi stayed here 100 years ago.
Glass blowing, arts, crafts and refreshment all under one roof.
Cruise the mountain bike capital of Mzansi with the pros, Mountain High Cycle Tours.
Cheap car hire in South Africa and rentals to under 21's.
(Banana Beach,Cape Town)
This Knysna backpacking lodge is centrally located in town just 2 blocks from the action.
Big 5 Tourism offers a FREE booking service for accommodation and activities in the Mpumalanga and Limpopo Lowveld and Panorama near the Kruger Park.
The Spot backpackers is a charming little backpackers set just a few meters from the beach on the south Coast of Natal.
(Port Shepstone,South Coast)
A Pretoria backpackers which has a koi pond and an adventure company